CO-Owner & COO, Chado Tea Room
In 1998 Chado Tea Room was blessed the day this 20 year old Eritrean born man walked through the door and applied for a position as a cook at the 3rd Street location in Los Angeles, CA. Tek, had earned a degree in engineering, but found his love and passion in tea. His brilliant young mind, and boundless ambition resulted in him becoming a co-owner in Chado Tea Room, so in 1999 Tekeste joined hands as a business partner with the Shah’s.
Philanthropic entrepreneur, Tek’s contributions to the Chado Tea Rooms have been immeasurable over the past 15 years. He has been instrumental in funding and supporting many organizations through Chado Tea Rooms, including Alson’s Tea a Day for Siblings. He is COO and co-owner of the highly successful Los Angeles International Tea Festival, a consumer event held at the Japanese American Museum yearly. Tek’s hard work, dedication and efforts have made Chado Tea Rooms award winning.